Online: Wandering Site — Inspiration Across Disciplinary Boundaries

This seminar allows interdisciplinary collaboration through the process of aesthetic transformation. We will start the process from a unique place in the Berlin cityscape and develop individual concepts from there. The focus will lie on the idea-generating process: How do we generate ideas and pass on inspiration? The aim is to fuel each other's creative process by generating new resources that can extend collaborators’ imaginative and interpretative capacities into uncharted realms.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be facilitated online using a mixture of daily live-sessions and guided tasks to be completed.

In this seminar, the focus lies on the idea-generating processes with the following questions:

  • How does inspiration come about?
  • How do we find ideas?
  • How can we creatively work together as a group of people with various disciplinary backgrounds?


We will delve into what fieldwork in times of social distancing could mean and how we, as a group, may use digital technology for interdisciplinary collaboration. 

This class requires participants to join an online teaching framework, but it does not require to work exclusively digitally. We welcome participants from different time zones and the course will be designed with asynchronous teaching and learning in mind.

The workshop introduces participants to the strategy of Aesthetic Transformation, a distinct creative practice that facilitates the stimulating interactions of different protagonists across disciplinary boundaries. Aesthetic Transformation embraces processes of mutual inspiration and influence within the arts and other fields in and outside of academia. It is based on the fundamental idea that every creative work operates in a system of relationships to other fields, disciplines, as well as contexts, and, therefore, to what others have already created.

This course is aimed at artists of all disciplines, designers, architects, and people working in the creative sector who would like to experiment in an interdisciplinary environment. The participants initiate a transformation process within a dialogical response setting through which they will generate new concepts and ideas. By finding inspiration in the work of someone else, the participants will develop new works based on it. This will include the application of chance operations and strategies of improvisation to accelerate the creative action. The process of translation from one work into the next is the central momentum of this creative process. New works derive from another discipline and the work of another participant. The process will result in an outcome interdependence of interconnected creative works. 

Online group conversations and readings will allow a critical inquiry of contemporary art practices as well as their creative practices.

A transformation process and artistic chain reaction need a starting point - a field trip in the Berlin city. Instead of taking a joint field trip in the city, we will start an online tour from an extraordinary location in the city of Berlin brought to you via the Internet. Through sound, video, performance, drawing, dance, sculpture, or other visual or conceptual forms of artistic expression, participants will respond to the chosen site and develop their theme(s) by connecting it with their location and perspective in the world.

Sequential works that act upon multiple interpretative statements will follow. Individual works will connect to others, and, in this way, a collective, multi-perspective investigation on the chosen sites and topics will unfold. The transformation process will conclude with final works to be showcased in a public presentation.


SCHEDULE

Monday: “Ideas have brothers and sisters”

Video Conference: Welcome, Introductions
Formulating goals of seminar: leading thought / transformation fabric

Module 1

1. Video lecture: Introduction into Aesthetic Transformation processes 
Flashlight check-in and review of yesterday’s work and experience

2. Online tour: Field trip tour through Berlin
Exercise: Generating a first inkling
Dialogical response and Aesthetic
Aesthetic Transformation step1

Theory Reading 1

 

Tuesday: Submit first response to online platform

Module 2

Video lecture: Improvisation and creativity
Video conference: Discussion forum 1
Reflection of inklings, conversation about first responses
What does it mean to respond to the work of others?

Individual work session: Limiting factors in creative processes
Dialogical Response and Aesthetic Transformation step 2

Theory Reading 2

 

Wednesday

Module 3

Video lecture: Creativity as category shifting 

Video conference: Discussion forum 2 
Reflection and feedback conversation

Individual work session: Aesthetic Transformation game — Chance operations
Dialogical Response and Aesthetic Transformation Step 3

Theory Reading 3

 

Thursday

Module 4

Video lecture: Inspiration across boundaries

Video conference: Discussion forum 3
Reflection and feedback conversation
Developing a final work
Work session: Condensation of ideas
Dialogical Response and Aesthetic Transformation Step 4

 

Friday

Module 5

Video conference: Final presentations

Discussion forum 4
Reflection and feedback conversation
Final review and closing contributions

Online public exhibition

 

Syllabus may be subject to change.

Elvira Hufschmid is a multi-media artist, curator, and author in the field of processes of aesthetic transformation and temporary art spaces. She collaborates with Dr. Margit Schild as a fellow/affiliated researcher at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts & Sciences (BAS) at the Berlin University of the Arts, with the research project Leaning Out of Windows – Art & Physics Collaborations through Aesthetic Transformations. Associated to Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, the project brings international scholars and researchers from major particle physics laboratories (TRIUMF Vancouver, Fermilab Chicago) into a conversation with an international team of contemporary artists in order to explore how knowledge can be translated across (disciplinary) communities. Elvira received her MA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, US, and is currently a first-year Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, Canada.

elvira-hufschmid.de

leaningoutofwindows.org

 

Dr.-Ing. Margit Schild is a filmmaker, artist, and curator. She doctorated at the University of Hanover and studied Landscape and Open Space Planning, and worked as a lecturer and guest professor at various universities, including the Berlin University of the Arts and Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. She collaborates with Elvira Hufschmid as a fellow/affiliated researcher at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts & Sciences (BAS) at the Berlin University of the Arts, with the research project Leaning Out of Windows – Art & Physics Collaborations through Aesthetic Transformations. In 2015, she directed her first documentary film Drifting on flight and migration. The documentary Orten (Locations) is her first full-length film. In addition to her work as a director, she is a co-founder of the School of the Provisional. This fall Margit is curating a symposium on Improvisation at the HKW House of World Cultures. She lives and works in Berlin as well as in Canada.

leaningoutofwindows.org

less-art.de


Run period:
14.09.2020 – 18.09.2020
Application Deadline:
13.08.2020

Course fee:
EUR 550

Min. number of participants:
12
Max. number of participants:
16

Available